BSc/BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Management (Top-Up)

A ‘top up route’ to a BSc honours degree or BSc ordinary degree, for those who already hold a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent qualification.

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 6
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

University Centre Askham Bryan has an established equine centre with a strong relationship with the British Horse Society. It is a registered training and examination centre for horse care and riding and already runs a range of professional training for those who take part in equine sports. The equine centre has expanded in recent years and now includes three indoor yards.



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What you will learn

The BSc/BSc (Hons) Equine Science & Management Top Up degree programme has been designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enter the equine industry. This programme integrates knowledge and skills that can be applied to a wide range of areas within the equine industry.

On this programme there is an emphasis on science, business and marketing. The equine industry continues to develop and therefore the need for employees with appropriate technical knowledge and skills continues to evolve.

The programme will provide students with the opportunity to develop the specific knowledge, practical and technical skills fundamental to working in the equine industry.

The key scientific and business management principles will be covered. This one year course will give students the opportunity to apply existing skills and newly learned knowledge to a variety of industry relevant situations, thereby preparing for work and more advanced study.

As part of the honours pathway students will be required to undertake a research project, giving them an opportunity to focus for a prolonged period of time on a subject of particular interest with possibilities of publication.

Modules of Study

• Dissertation

The aim of this module is to enable the student to further develop skills in the collection, analysis and evaluation of information from a range of sources on an agreed topic. The module provides an opportunity for the student to conduct independent research by deploying established techniques of analysis and enquiry, as well as acquiring new research skills. The module enables students to extend knowledge learnt at Level 4 and 5 and apply it to specific situations.

• Research Methods

The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of different research philosophies and methodologies. Students will develop skills in identifying and critiquing research methodologies as well as undertaking analysis and evaluation of results.

• Business Leadership and Management

In addition to their subject specific skills students preparing for the world of work will need a range of transferable skills in various areas. This module aims to equip the learner with a skill set to enable them to lead and manage in an organisational or team context. The average graduate will be employed in or expected to progress on to a management role within an organisation to do this the skills of leadership and management are essential.

• Applied Sustainable Practices

The module is designed to encourage problem based learning and autonomous study skills through research and the subsequent production and presentation of work of a high academic standard. The module will give students an insight into the important areas of environmental management and how the principles of sustainable development can be incorporated into the business strategy of a chosen subject area.

• Advanced Behaviour and Psychology

The module revisits the potential limitations imposed on natural behaviour by the domestic environment and challenges learners to use ethology as a method of problem solving in relation to the main issues that arise from domestication. Students will also extend their understanding of the learning mechanisms of the horse, with particular attention given to cognition. The module allows students to critique common training techniques and aids with reference to how horses are able, or not able to learn. Students will be able to give justified recommendations for ways of training horses that are both effective and pay regard to psychological welfare.

• Recent Advances in the Equine Industry

The equine industry is undergoing change and opinion shifts is areas such as scientific development, diagnostics, ethical practice of handling horses as well as approaches to disease treatment and prevention. It is important that equine managers of the future have an appreciation of these evolutionary shifts. This module will allow students to evaluate and reflect upon areas within the equine industry that are currently undergoing research and development. By evaluating a range of topics linked to all areas of equine management students will gain the knowledge and understanding to apply new developments to the equine industry and move the industry forward from within.

Elective Modules

Elective Modules (elect one)

• Advanced Nutrition

This module will develop on student’s previous knowledge of nutrition enabling them to review diets and effect on horses’ physiology and welfare needs. It will equip students with a detailed knowledge of a range of current and emerging areas across the scientific sphere of equine nutrition, industry. Students will develop a detailed and specialised knowledge and of how the emerging science influences the nutritional management techniques currently in use within the equine industry.

• Advanced Coaching

This module aims to advance the students’ knowledge and analysis of coaching the human athlete. Whilst critiquing the impact that physiological and psychological factors that affect athlete performance and achievement. Using modern scientific advances in technology and research that aid coaching skills

Extra Curricular

BHS Stages


HE Riding Team

Key Information

BSc (Hons) Top Up*

Merit or above in a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an HND in an appropriate subject.

BSc (Ord) Top Up*

Pass or above in a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an HND in an appropriate subject.

An initial assessment process may be used to inform the College of your current status. Some students may be asked to attend an interview.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to entry qualifications, then please contact the University Centre team directly.

*Entry to these undergraduate programmes have an expectation of 5 GCSEs at C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science. Applicants without formal qualifications can undertake an initial assessment process. Prospective students will be invited to an applicant day, some students may also be called for an interview.

Students studying the course may enter a wide variety of roles in the industry as a scientific researchers, nutrition, medical technology and diagnostics, behavioural and welfare and ethical spheres amongst others

Many students may progress further onto a Masters, PhD or other professional body courses.

UK/EU, Isle of Man and Channel Isles Students on BSc Honours Degree/ BSc Ordinary Degree/ BSc Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree/ Higher National Diploma – £9,000

Non-EU Overseas Students on Honours Degree/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree/ Higher National Diploma – £14,000

There is no requirement for students to undertake work experience as part of the Top Up degree.

However, we would always encourage students to continue their professional development with undertaking experience in their own time.

Assessments will be designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment.

There are a range of assessment methods used, including reports, case studies, presentations, Viva -Voce, continual assessments and exams. Typically each module involves two assessments.

In addition to tuition fees and accommodation if applicable. Students will need to budget for some extra costs as part of this course, which you will need to pay for yourself. Below is a list with approximate cost to help with your budgeting. However, it is important to speak with the course manager as you may not be required to ride during this top up degree. Lab PPE will be required by all students.

Riding hat standard £40- £100

Body protector £80- £100

Protective riding gloves £7- £20

Hair net £1

Breaches £25- £40

Whips £5- £15

Suitable long-sleeved top (not a hoodie) £10- £20

Warm waterproof coat £30- £100

Yard boots £30- £50

Lab safety glasses £10

White lab coat £10- £20

Optional course trips £20 – £2000 (Dependant on the trip/tour)

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